Front end squeaking/chirping

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  1. Jsquared3000

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    04 Z71 with 4 inch lift running 20s and 35 inch tires. I have a sqeaking/chirping when in motion and the frequency seems to increase with speed. I replaced both front wheel hubs and the noise seemed to go away for a few days. Now the noise is back louder than before. What would be the next suspect, CV axles?
     
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    That or the output bearings. You could start by getting underneath with the front tires lifted up off the ground and put a stethoscope or stethoscope-like alternative at the ends of the axle housing and listen while the tires are spinning.
     
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    U-joints are probably more common squeakers, @Jsquared3000. Also if 4x4 look at your transfer case output shaft seals.
     
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    Mine is doing it when wet, have to look underneath and see why.
     
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    Nobody's going to say anything about brakes, really? Look at your brakes. Even if they look fine, lube them up correctly anyways.

    Then grab a stethoscope.

    -Justin
     
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    Completely agree! Just had this happen with my wife's car. It was chirping and squeaking from the rear. I discovered that when I tapped the brakes it would go away. I suspected the wear indicator on rear brake pads. Bought new pads yesterday, took it all apart only to find that the current pads were pretty much seized in place... absolutely no movement, but plenty of pad left. They were terrible to remove. Installed new hardware, lubed the appropriate areas and installed new pads. All sounds are gone and pads move as they should.
     
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    To add on to that, always make sure that the pads move freely in the clips. A lot of times the cheap "performance" pads you can find on Amazon and such don't fit well and require filing the ears down in order to fit correctly.

    -Justin
     
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    Yes! While I removed OE pads, they were completely seized in the clips. The ears had no lube left and corrosion from road salt took its toll. I had to tap them out with a hammer and flathead screw driver. It wasn't easy like it should have been.
     
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    Figure it out yet?
     

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